In ‘Meet the Team’ this week, we’ve asked Jamie Thurwell about his role as Project Manager here at Ultimate, how he handles challenging projects, and how he likes to relax at the end of the week.
1. Let’s start from the beginning. In brief, describe the role of your job at Ultimate and what you do?
My role at Ultimate is Project Manager. I am responsible for projects once they have been awarded, managing Health & Safety, material procurement, site labour, project profitability, organising and chairing site meetings and ensuring that the complete process meets or exceeds the expectations of the Client.
2. All things considered, what type of work is most likely to spark the fire in your brain? What is your dream project?
An exciting, inspiring and fulfilling project that gives a high quality end product that everyone involved can be proud of and developing a good working relationship with a happy client.
3. What incredible new invention would make your job easier and turbo charge your productivity?
Definitely a Star Trek style molecular transporter so that I could spend less time sat in traffic which is my pet hate and the cause of more swear words than anything else!
4. When all the hard work is over, what is the most satisfying aspect of your job at Ultimate?
Handover of a project which matches the specification, design concept and brief, the Client’s expectation and is profitable – everyone is happy! Then on to the next one!
5. If you could send out just one message that sums up your industry, what would you say?
Hard work, chaotic, constantly changing but really satisfying when it all comes together and an inspiring end product is created.
6. If you could teach one lesson to your younger self about your area of work, what would it be?
Work hard and listen to and learn from experienced people who give you advice – it will generally be useful.
7. When a project presents you with a difficult challenge, what is your ‘go-to’ tactic for tackling it?
Try to look at all possible solutions by discussing and taking advice from the project team and call on experience of colleagues and specialists to achieve a resolution.
8. Finally, at the end of a long working week, what does your perfect weekend involve?
Relaxing with my wife and family, walking with Ernie our Beagle around the nature reserve near our home, having a cider (or two) on a Friday night and watching local cricket in the summer – British weather permitting.
Posted June 27, 2017